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The following press release was issued by Denis Halliday, former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. His charges about the Office of the Iraq Programme in New York's weakness have been made by others as well, who often compare it unfavourably to the UN's Baghdad staff. Colin Rowat Coordinator, Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq ** USE THIS WEB ADDRESS FOR casi: http://welcome.to/casi *********************************************** * Support the: * * NATIONAL PETITION AGAINST SANCTIONS ON IRAQ * * http://go.to/iraqpetition * * or: 12 Trinity Road, London N2 8JJ * * or: firstname.lastname@example.org * *********************************************** King's College Cambridge CB2 1ST tel: +44 (0)468 056 984 England fax: +44 (0)1223 335 219 ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 13:08:17 +0000 (GMT) From: Rania Masri <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [IAC] Press release by Denis Halliday re: NYT Story =========Iraq Action Coalition ========http://iraqaction.org/ ======= To subscribe, send an e-mail to "email@example.com" with 'subscribe iac-list' in the body of the message ================================================================== FROM Denis Halliday PRESS RELEASE This morning, in welcoming the piece on the need to lift economic sanctions on the people of Iraq by Douglas Jehl in the New York Times, the former head of the United Nations humanitarian programme in Baghdad, reacted angrily at the failure of the Office of the Iraq Programme in UN Hqts New York to speak out. He said that the Office headed by Benon Sevan, supported by a British military intelligence officer and other senior staff, negative to Iraq and, like Sevan himself, UN misfits now financed by Oil for Food using Iraqi oil revenue, has consistently failed to correct the misinformation coming out of Washington. Sevan's office, says halliday, is the one place in UN Hqts with accurate information sent to them by the Coordinator in Iraq supported by the UN agency representatives there including UNICEF, WHO, WFP and FAO. Contrary to State Department issuances, the Office of Sevan knows full well that the government in Baghdad has no access to OiI for Food monies. They know that there have been no reports from 150 UN system observers throughout Iraq of food supplies being stolen or diverted by Baghdad. The office can explain why there have been delays in distribution by the Ministry of Health of some medicines - such as poor quality unfit for human use, packages with missing components, regferation/transporation inadequacies, poor inventory control despite WHO assistance and even some overseas manufacturing problems. None of this is being clarified by Sevan or John Mills his spokesman. It is appalling that we have an Office financed by Iraq that is so weak and disinterested to keeping things straight - in presenting both sides of the story. This is an office without leadership, without vision and without the kind of initiative that the UN Secrtetariat owes to its member states. To those better informed and who care, around this country and the world, including many within the UN Secretariat, the mis-information coming out of the State Department is criminal when you consider the attempt to extend further economic sanctions, ongoing for over nine years, on an innocent people, and millions of children unborn when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Halliday has stated in France and elsewhere, that he believes, as do many government, ngo and other thinking officials and peoples around the world, that the deliberate maintenance of economic sanctions by the member states of the Security Council constitutes genocide. He says we have a catastrophe in which the member states - the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - are undermining the spirit and the word of the UN Charter itself and effectively rejecting the basic rights contained in the Declaration of Human Rights. Hallidays feels it is a tradegy for the people of Iraq, being punished because London and Washington cannot punish their former ally -President Saddam Hussain. He also believes it is a tradegy for the United Nations when it fails to stand up and address this breakdown of its own integrity and credibility. Denis J. Halliday, former United Nations ASG and currently visting professor at Swarthmore College, PA -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Please do not sent emails with attached files to the list *** Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html ***